New political labels appear with unsurprising regularity and are seldom attached to anything resembling a definition. It is left up to everybody to define the new term as they see fit and usually with bias aforethought.
“Alt-” attached to anything seems to be a euphemism for BAD. Alt-right has been used to label white supremacists, ultra right wing radicals, radical conservatives, and racists. Take your pick. It’s an all purpose pejorative and always bad.
So there is a big fight going on over who is an alt-right because whoever is fighting about it seems to think they need to know so they know who is bad even if they don’t know what alt-right means.
Like most political labels alt-right is pretty useless. Whatever it means you don’t want to be one because then you would be bad as in not good. It’s really hard to be good if you don’t really know what bad is.
But then if someone wants to insult you for . . . whatever . . . you’re an alt-whatever and therefore bad as in not good. See?
Conservatives at CPAC grapple with the rise of the alt-right
From The Hill: BY MEGAN R. WILSON AND LISA HAGEN – 02/24/17
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — White nationalist Richard Spencer arrived at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Thursday, appearing to be a sign of the “alt-right” movement’s attempts to fit in with conservatives.
And then he got kicked out.
Escorted from the event by security, Spencer was left to talk to reporters outside while the conservatives continued their annual convention without him.
Spencer’s abrupt exit was just one way conservatives tried to grapple with the rise of the alt-right movement Thursday at CPAC, offering differing interpretations about who falls into that category and even what the term means.
Both conservatives and the alt-right have challenged the Republican Party establishment. But conservatives emphasized that they shouldn’t be equated with the so-called alternative right, or alt-right, an umbrella term for the nebulous white nationalist movement that has been accused of bigotry.
On Thursday, CPAC kicked off its first full day with a speech titled “The Alt Right Ain’t Right at All.” The conference also featured White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, later in the day.
As recently as last summer, Bannon called Breitbart “the platform for the alt-right.”
A board member of the American Conservative Union (ACU), which organizes CPAC, says it’s “always” an issue of who should be included in the speaker lineup, but argued that their ultimate goal is to make the conservative movement “as broad a coalition as you can possibly have.”
“If you’re going to have a big tent, there are going to be people in there who don’t necessarily agree, and maybe disagree, on a lot of issues,” that board member told The Hill on the condition of anonymity.
Spencer had been talking to reporters for more than 30 minutes when security escorted him out, according to several reports, because his views did not match those of CPAC.
The ejection of Spencer, who had paid at least $150 for a CPAC ticket, comes on the heels of the conservative gathering rescinding its invitation to alt-right provocateur and former Breitbart senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos after videos resurfaced showing him appearing to defend pedophilia.
Aiming to be more inclusive with its lineup, CPAC drew heavy criticism from liberals and conservatives alike over Yiannopoulos’s prominent keynote speaking slot. Following the outcry over the video, ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp called his comments “disturbing.” Yiannopoulos has since resigned from Breitbart amid the controversy.
Spencer’s swift removal brought more attention to a presentation by a member of the ACU leadership Thursday morning that targeted the alt-right. During the event’s first speech, ACU Executive Director Dan Schneider sought to place the alt-right outside the bounds of acceptable GOP politics.